Musical Ancestries™ is a quarterly program designed to teach school-aged children about their musical and cultural heritage. This episode focuses on the instruments, music, and traditions of Central America. Listeners meet the fictional children’s marimba group “Los Estudiantes” and their beloved teacher, Señora Cruz. Los Estudiantes are about to embark upon an exciting journey to perform at three music festivals in Central America, but first they must learn about the music, history, and traditions of Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Panama.

Incorporated into the Prezi presentation below are visual images, maps, audio clips, text and hands-on activities that students, teachers and parents can use to enhance their learning experience. In addition, an audio recording of the radio broadcast, the full script for the broadcast, and a list of related resources in the community can be accessed through the content boxes on this page. The See It, Hear It, Do It format fully engages the child in learning. National Standards addressed are noted in the “Resources” section of the Prezi presentation.

Musical Ancestries™ is made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation through PNC Arts Alive, a multi-year initiative dedicated to supporting visual and performing arts.